Read Wandering Rocks
Something of an interlude, this chapter follows Father Conmee and the Vice-Regal cavalcade as they make their distinct ways across Dublin. Their paths never cross, and each of the 19 short sections details from a distanced perspective their interactions with a wide cross-section of the Dublin populace. In terms of style, “Wandering Rocks” adopts an unsettling departure from the previous chapters. It presents objective, external, naturalist descriptions, bereft of stream of consciousness and interior monologue. In this, it represents the path-not-taken by Joyce in the rest of the novel, just as Odysseus chooses not to go by way of the Wandering Rocks in Homer’s Odyssey. First timers, see how many of the characters from other sections you recognize here.